Unfortunately, aging in place can put older adults at risk of social isolation. Social isolation can affect anyone of any age, but it can be made worse if you have stopped driving and find it hard to get out of the house. Spending time in nature is one way of boosting mental health and helping individuals feel more connected with themselves, others, and the world around them. In this article, we share with you more about the link between nature and wellbeing.
Nature Helps Us Cope with Pain
As human beings, we are wired to find scenes of nature soothing. You may have noticed that in hospitals, most of the artwork revolves around natural scenes, and there’s a good reason for that. Plants are also starting to be placed in hospital rooms to induce a sense of calm and relaxation in patients. In fact, studies have proven that patients who are exposed to a view of trees after undergoing gallbladder surgery were able to tolerate pain better than patients who simply had a view of a wall!
Nature Boosts Holistic Wellbeing
Today, we know that wellbeing is tied to more than one aspect of health. When we suffer from feelings of depression, physical health suffers as well. Nature has the ability to boost holistic wellbeing, increasing positive feelings, reducing stress and anxiety, as well as lowering heart rate, muscle tension, and blood pressure. With so many benefits for your health, taking some time for a leisurely walk in the park is definitely a good way to spend your day.
Nature Connects Us to Each Other
As social animals, a sense of community is highly important to our well-being. In a study conducted on residents in Chicago public housing, it was found that tenants who lived in a building surrounded by greenery reported knowing more people and experiencing a stronger sense of belonging than tenants who did not. Social isolation can have devastating effects on overall health, and when individuals feel like they belong and are invested in each other’s wellbeing, this can help us build new connections with the people around us.
Experience Stress-Free Senior Living at Country Club At Woodland Hills
If you are experiencing social isolation from aging in place, you may have considered moving to a retirement community. At Country Club At Woodland Hills, you will feel right at home in one of our senior living cottages that come equipped with a full-sized kitchen, generous storage space, and bathrooms, as well as an emergency call system. When you are not spending time relaxing in your own private space, you can pick from a selection of daily activities and events where you can make new friends, learn new skills, and keep your mind sharp at the same time.
Are you considering making the move to a retirement community? Feel free to schedule a tour of Country Club At Woodland Hills and discover everything we have to offer today.